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  1. I second this. Considering the price ($499) for a focusing, super lightweight adapter this ain't bad. Century Optics and Optex adapters sell for as much...and they're like 20 years old. Now just wait for a nice discount and you got a real steal here.
  2. Tito, first of all massive kudos for going to such lengths to produce a 'real' short for testing these lenses. I think you and your crew did a great job, certainly considering the few hours you had. Regarding your questions, a few observations: What people say or think they want ("narrative lens tests FTW!"), is often a different thing from what they actually prove to be wanting (see also: relationships, gear, presidents and so on). Still, intent and purpose of the short might be somewhat too unclear for some viewers. On youtube the short is presented on it's (narrative) own without a disclaimer, intro or clearly stated goals within the video. It seems you can never be explicit enough. Perhaps you should put your explanation video at the end of the short for more clarity on it's purpose? What might be confusing for viewers is why you would still use those obviously compromised shots? In reality, you would never use shots that show as much vignetting as some in the test (...right?). So help us viewers put the technical details in context. The narrative speaks for itself, but the technical aspects are less self-evident, even with the cheat-sheet. Tell us what you learnt from each setup, what you were trying to test and what you're opinion on the lenses is. How would you incorporate what you learned from this test into 'real shooting'? Just talk over the short film, enlightening us with your newly acquired wisdom about those lenses! There, an idea for a new video for free! ;-) As always, keep it up man, look forward to each and every video of yours. LOL, nice one mate
  3. For me, one of the most interesting commercial directors for sure. And I'll sure remember Sicario: the chilling scene of Benicio gunning down a drug lord's kids and lady...the shootout in the traffic jam. Some tense stuff. But hey, to each their own.
  4. For those who are interested... ;-) Here's a video from Personal View with some more details on the adapter.
  5. Oh man...the illustrous discipline of selfrighteous hypocrisy. We can all learn from the best nowadays. Trying to keep laughing through it all.
  6. Damn man, that's the thing that most anamorphic shooters must dread the most. I remember a pic from Tito of a Century WS-13 he let slip...ouch! But thanks for keeping us posted, interested in your results, especially of the focuser8. With this and Rapido's upcoming single focus unit, the number of options is growing quickly.
  7. yes its is fixed focus at 4m, there is also a 3m variant if you mod it to infinity, then sharpness nearby suffers significantly. I would only suggest this if you want to use a single focus solution like Rectilux, Rangefinder or the new Aivascope (although that last one may not fit) if you want to know how the lens works on different sensors, use Tito's calculator you can use diopters to decrease the focus distance
  8. Oh, the irony. Also noted: throwing 'insanity' and 'terrorism' at @jcs when he has been polite, patient and indeed persistent. Ad hominem much?
  9. No worries mate, there is a learning curve to this stuff... Yes, a diopter would fix this (that's more or less the point of a diopte), however you lose the ability to focus at infinity. Suggested read: http://www.tferradans.com/blog/?p=7282 (and everything else that Tito put out :-p)
  10. Please. No-one is denying that there are combo's that you cannot match in practice (as in your example), when very large differences in sensor size are involved. But this is only due to the fact there are no equivalent lenses (Iphone 6 cropfactor 7.21, you can do the math...or can you?). However, the overlap between say medium format and fullframe is much less extreme and yes, can easily be matched using equivalent lenses.
  11. Thanks for sharing, very nice! The adapter clearly benefits from the smaller sensor as it looks pretty sharp all around, performs certainly better than in @Tito Ferradans's (otherwise excellent) fullframe example video.
  12. It's the other way around. When using a smaller sensor, you have to use a wider lens to get the same FOV as a larger sensor camera. Using your example: shooting from the same spot with both a FF camera and a 2.4x crop camera you achieve the same FOV ('framing') when using a 40mm lens on 2.4x crop and 96mm on fullframe. (If you also want to achieve the same DOF, you have to apply the crop factor calculation on the f-stop as well). So if the widest taking lens for a given anamorphic is 85mm on fullframe, it can be around 50mm on APS-C and around 40mm on MFT...all giving more or less the same FOV! Reading up on equivalence is useful, check https://www.dpreview.com/articles/2666934640/what-is-equivalence-and-why-should-i-care
  13. Of course results are what count. My 2 cents: just don't get caught up in a possibly expensive quest for medium format glass assuming there is a super different, unique, mythical look to be achieved. (Not to say that hunting down and using vintage glass is a blast!). Understanding equivalence can help one understand what results can be expected from any combination of sensor size and lens. Yes, there are unique combo's at the extremes of the range (no m43 equivalent lens for a 50mm f1.0 on full frame). But in general: for the most frequently used focal lengths, you can find equivalent lenses for the current different sensor sizes, thus yielding (close to) identical optical results.
  14. Sure looks like a pro optic! Try to take some pictures of the mount, as it looks rather small for larger sensor coverage...perhaps someone here can identify it. But then you might get the issue of adapting. It would get even more interesting if the anamorphic block could be separated from the spherical lens.
  15. ...or buy a single focus solution a la Rectilux of SLR Magic Rangefinder. But you probably considered that already :-)
  16. https://www.dpreview.com/articles/2666934640/what-is-equivalence-and-why-should-i-care Pricey adapter, but the innovation is of course great. I'm not super familiar with medium format lenses, but I believe they tend to be somewhat slow-ish. Are there fast ones that combined with this adapter would truly give you a unique, ultrafast FOV / DOF?
  17. Use Tito's calculator :-) http://www.tferradans.com/blog/?p=13386
  18. Mind power cropping! Should be able to manage...now on to mind power desqueezing! :-p Found another test vid btw, not too bad either.
  19. Very nice to see a new review Tito, always happy to get a notification of a new video of yours! On topic: as SLR Magic specifically markets this as a MFT/S35 solution, I wondered why you didn't use it as such (S35 mode on your A7S2)? I realize time is a scarce commodity, but this not-quite stellar FF performance perhaps leads us to criticizing the lens on a performance it was not intended for...
  20. Big glass is better, 55mm is quite significant and slightly larger than Kowa B&H / 16H / 8Z / Elmoscope II. Those are sought after because of being short, with large diameter glass (which means you can go wider with your taking lens) and good image quality. However, if the price is much higher than those, you should give it some thought. Do you like/need the somewhat unusual stretch factor? How important is wide-angle? You're probably also paying for the rarity of it... About the size of the rear element of the Iscomorphot 16/2x...measured it, rear element is 'only' 32mm across (diameter of the back, including casing is 52mm, so be sure to check they did measure the glass only). Cheers, Tim.
  21. On a sidenote: 1dc gets extra price cut, now for 3999... let's see how low this can go :-)
  22. Great man, please let us know how/if you get this to work
  23. Next up on the wishlist: a CoreDNA or Rangefinder ;-) Playing with anamorphics can get expensive quickly, but your footage sure looks great!
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